Servo Controlled Face Tracking & RoboCam with Kinect SDK v1.5; Kinect Accelerator Gaining in Seattle

In the latest Kinect hack, this Kinect & PAC's (Programmable Automation Controller) project, shows off a new feature in the Kinect for Windows SDK v1.5, Face Tracking.'This is a quick-and-dirty experiment using the Kinect SDK v1.5 (released on Monday 5/21) with face tracking features. The laptop I'm using here is incredibly under powered for the […]

Kinect Hack: Servo Controlled Face Tracking and RoboCam with Kinect SDK and C#

In the latest Kinect hack, this Kinect & PAC's (Programmable Automation Controller) project, shows off a new feature in the Kinect for Windows SDK v1.5, Face Tracking.

'This is a quick-and-dirty experiment using the Kinect SDK v1.5 (released on Monday 5/21) with face tracking features. The laptop I'm using here is incredibly under powered for the job so the results are poor, but I wanted to capture what I was able to cobble together today and share it. The webcam in the video is mounted to two servos that are powered by some electronics I breadboarded for an earlier experiment. I still have some work to do on the servo responsiveness, but I like where this is going. The baseline project is part of the new SDK Developer Toolbox (Face Tracking Basics in C#)," explains the developer.

Servo Face Tracking with Kinect SDK v1.5:

Kinect Servo Controlled RoboCam: "The "machine" in this video is a webcam tie-wrapped to a couple of inexpensive servos that are in turn tie-wrapped together to provide two axis positioning. The control circuit is a breadboarded voltage-to-PWM driven by two 12-bit ADCs," explains the developer.

In other Kinect news, the Kinect Accelerator has been getting a lot press in the last few weeks and rightly so as the 11 startups housed at Microsoft's Westlake, Seattle office are cranking out some impressive work using the Kinect for Windows hardware and SDK, Steve Clayton reports.

Dina Bass of Bloomberg BusinessWeek, is reporting that almost 500 startups applied for the accelerator program, which is co-hosted by TechStars.

The video above shows the program in action: